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John Cooney: Pope transforms his image to become a 'holy grandad'

John Cooney

Published 20/09/2010 | 05:00

With pilgrims outstripping protesters, Benedict pulled off mission impossible. He buried his 'Nazi Pope' image. He showed that large swathes of Britain do not belong to 'Dawkinsland'

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AN immediate question arising from Pope Benedict XVI's surprise successes in England and Scotland is directly related to Ireland and the public level of support still held by the crisis-mired Irish Catholic Church.

If Pope Benedict visits this country in summer 2012 -- a short 21 months away -- will he similarly woo Irish Catholics alienated from Rome's cover-ups of clerical child abuse scandals?

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